Government announcements

30th December: Positive COVID-19 case on Groote Eylandt

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 29 December, 2021
Notice text: 


On Wednesday 29th December a GEMCO worker on Groote Eylandt tested positive for COVID-19. The worker arrived by plane from Cairns on Tuesday 28th December. The worker had followed NT Border Entry and GEMCO COVID requirements.


The worker has been flown to Howard Springs, and close contacts have been isolated.


On Thursday 30th December, Gemco has mandated all its workers to wear masks when in indoor workplaces, vehicles etc..


For further details, see the notice attachment


Source: 

NT Government Chief Minister's Office, and Vinje Randall GEMCO External Affairs

22nd December: COVID testing changes for NT and Groote arrivals

Date of notice or action: 
Wednesday, 22 December, 2021
Notice text: 


Changes in COVID testing have been announced. These affect all people coming from interstate into the NT and to Groote

  • Arriving into the NT: all travellers from interstate, including infants, toddlers and babies need to present a negative PCR test at check-in for your flight and on arrival into the NT.
  • Arriving to Groote Eylandt: all travellers from interstate arriving on Groote will be provided with 2 Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) per traveller and must self-test on day 3 and day 6 after arrival. (PCR tests are not required.)
  • If your Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) is *positive*, you must inform your local clinic (Angurugu 08 8987 6317 or 08 8987 6311; Umbakumba 08 8987 6772; Alyangula 08 8987 6255).
Source: 

ALC

16th December: New rules for people coming from outside NT

Date of notice or action: 
Monday, 20 December, 2021
Notice text: 


All people returning to NT from interstate:

  • you must take a COVID test 3 days before arriving in NT
  • you can come to Darwin and then go straight to Groote (you don't have to stay in Darwin)
  • you must take more COVID tests 3 days and 6 days after arriving in NT. You can go to any Groote clinic (Umbakumba, Angurugu, Alyangula) for these tests


For Angurugu only:

  • if you live in Angurugu you can go home, also you must do all the COVID tests, and for 7 days you must wear a mask when outside your house
  • if your home is not in Angurugu, you must not go to Angurugu for 14 days after you arrive from interstate


For more information, details and updates, see the attachment notice, and:

Source: 

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet, Northern Territory Government

3rd December: Resumption of charter flights to and from the mainland

Date of notice or action: 
Thursday, 2 December, 2021
Notice text: 


The ALC’s emergency response to the COVID-19 situation in Katherine and surrounds has remained in place since 18 November 2021. These measures were enacted to ensure that the COVID-19 virus did not reach the Groote Archipelago.


The ALC Board again wishes to acknowledge GEMCO, Airnorth, Sealink and all charter companies for their significant cooperation and support during this period. The ALC Board will continue to monitor the situation in Katherine, Binjari and Lajamanu, however it is comfortable that the risk of the current COVID-19 outbreaks reaching the Groote Archipelago is sufficiently low to justify resuming flights and ferry services as normal with immediate effect.


This includes the resumption of charter flights to and from the mainland, and no testing requirement at Darwin Airport for persons travelling to Groote Eylandt.


All travellers are still required to comply with the CHO directions, and the Board strongly recommends that all persons travelling to the Groote Archipelago are fully vaccinated. If you have any questions, please contact RKleinschmidt@alcnt.com.au.


Source: 

Mark Hewitt, ALC CEO

22nd November: Groote travel restrictions extended

Date of notice or action: 
Monday, 22 November, 2021
Notice text: 

The current travel restrictions on charter flights and ferries between the mainland and Groote Eylandt/Bickerton Island have been extended until 6pm Wednesday 24th November.


In addition all inbound travellers on commercial flights must be fully vaccinated and return a negative rapid antigen test prior to boarding.


For details, see

Source: 

Mark Hewitt, ALC CEO

18th November: Groote Archipelago - Emergency COVID-19 lockdown

Date of notice or action: 
Thursday, 18 November, 2021
Notice text: 


The ALC Board today passed a resolution requesting limitation of flights, ferries and other boats to Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island from Friday 19th November until 6pm Monday, 22nd November. In addition, any local events or gatherings should be rescheduled.

See the attachment with CEO letter for full details.

Source: 

Mark Hewitt, ALC CEO

16th November: Masks mandate across NT as Katherine cases increase

Date of notice or action: 
Tuesday, 16 November, 2021
Notice text: 

From 12pm on Tuesday 16th November, the whole of NT is subject to mask-wearing requirements, and the Katherine/Robinson River lockdown has been extended until Monday 22nd November.

Mask rules:

  • You must wear a face mask outside of your home when you are unable to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres - this includes at places like the supermarket and shops
  • Workers who come into close contact with patrons, or who work in crowded environments need to wear a mask
  • People at restaurants, cafes and pubs must wear a mask unless eating or drinking.


For more information see the attachment and these links:


16th November: lockdowns in Katherine, Robinson River (Borroloola area)

Date of notice or action: 
Monday, 15 November, 2021
Notice text: 

From 6pm on Monday 15th November, greater Katherine and Robinson River (including surrounding homelands) is into a lockdown for 72 hours. People are only allowed to leave home for the following reasons:

  • Medical treatment
  • Essential goods and services
  • Essential work
  • One hour of exercise a day no further than 5km from home
  • To provide care to a person who cannot support themselves.


Vaccination and Testing Arrangements

A Rapid Assessment Team has been dispatched to Robinson River and the Public Health Plan has been enacted. Work is underway to vaccinate all Robinson River residents over the coming days. Extra vaccinations are also being made available in Borroloola.


For more information see the attachment and these links:

Pages

Subscribe to Government announcements